| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Summer exits, if it ever entered. Winter remains the newly terrifying villain in the wings. And the fall theater season is upon us. With a relatively quiet season for touring shows, the focus this season goes to Chicago's stellar collection of non-...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 7:43 AM
To play King Lear is to confront the possibility of being unloved and ill-used in your dementia-ridden old age. To play Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" is to stare into your own grave in front of a family audience. Many have played the lead in...
| Aug 28, 2014
In an unexpected flurry of late summer activity, it was revealed that two Chicago theater companies are eyeing new homes in buildings that once were put to use by the city of Chicago. Chicago Children's Theatre, in residence at the Ruth Page Center for...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 9:37 AM
The Goodman Theatre has announced the cast of its 37th annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Larry Yando returns for his seventh turn as Dickens’ reformed curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge. Yando’s Scrooge will be uniquely...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There's a delicious moment in the reworked musical "The Visit" when Chita Rivera, playing Claire Zachanassian, the world's richest woman, speaks of her eventful, much-widowed life and her near-death experiences that claimed several of her limbs. She...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 9:53 AM
With less than a week until opening night, the Goodman Theatre’s revival of “Brigadoon” has undergone some significant casting changes.
Curt Bouril, the New York actor who was to play the leading role of Jeff Douglas, has left the...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 3:17 PM
In certain, more cynical parts of Scotland, the term "Brigadoonery" applies to the cultivation of over-the-top stereotypes of Scotland that long have filled north-of-the-border purses from Edinburgh Airport to St. Andrews Links to the environs of the Brig...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 12:56 PM
In the service of entertainment, the Goodman Theatre has hosted fog machines and movie stars, Tony winners and disco balls. But this summer, the venerable institution will present two notable new attractions: Rick Bayless and an aroma diffuser.
| Jul 19, 2014
| 8:23 AM
This week’s Theater Loop Showcase video is "Brigadoon," the classic Scotland-set musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe currently being revived by the Goodman Theatre. Kevin Earley plays Tommy Albright, one of a pair of American men visiting...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:35 AM
By 11 p.m. Sunday night, the roughly two dozen cast members of The Hypocrites' production of Sean Graney's "All Our Tragic" had been together with their deeply loyal audience (and their hardworking crew) for 12 straight hours. They'd eaten pita bread...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Director Marion McClinton was in a Boston hospital bed when playwright August Wilson came to see him. It was September 2004.
McClinton had been Wilson's go-to director for more than a decade. Two years earlier, he had staged the world premiere of Wilson'...